CHAPTER 1

Systems Simplified

A Tipping Point?

Business trends provide essential information that business leaders ignore at their firms’ peril. One such trend is the integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues into firm operations. A visible example of this trend is sustainability reporting, which has been growing for decades and continues to expand in spite of years of global recession. While reporting is no longer a new practice for many firms, a joint study released in 2013 indicated that calls for transparency and reporting were resulting in increasing mandatory government or market regulation in a number of countries, prompting firms to sharpen or extend their efforts, and their reports.1

Now that reporting, and the ...

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